Eschborn–Frankfurt

Eschborn–Frankfurt
Rennen Henninger Turm.jpg
Peloton during the race in Kronberg im Taunus
Race details
Date 1 May
Region Hesse, Germany
English name Eschborn-Frankfurt - Lap of the Finanzplatz
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type One-day
Organiser ASO
Web site www.eschborn-frankfurt.de Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition 1962 (1962)
Editions 58 (as of 2019)
First winner  Armand Desmet (BEL)
Most wins  Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
(4 wins)
Most recent  Pascal Ackermann (GER)

Eschborn–Frankfurt, previously Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt, is an annual semi classic cycling race in Germany, starting in Eschborn and finishing in Frankfurt. The event, sometimes referred to as the Frankfurt Grand Prix, is held annually on 1 May, national Labour Day in Germany.

As from 2017, Eschborn–Frankfurt is part of the UCI World Tour,[1] the highest-rated professional men's road races, making it the second German World Tour event, together with the Hamburg Cyclassics in August. The event is organised by ASO.

History

The event was first held on 1 May, 1962, as Rund um den Henninger Turm Frankfurt, starting and finishing in Frankfurt's city centre. Brothers Hermann and Erwin Moos sought to promote the Henninger Tower, a grain silo belonging to the Henninger Brewery, which opened in 1961. Henninger served as main sponsor of the cycling event from the inaugural race until 2008. Rund um den Henninger Turm received a status upgrade in 1967 when Paris–Brussels, organised in late April, was removed from the calendar due to traffic problems and the event became the pre-eminent one-day cycling race in West Germany.

The now demolished Henninger Tower (pictured in 2005) in Frankfurt am Main served as the race's name sponsor from 1962 until 2008.

The race's first winner was Belgian Armand Desmet in 1962. Barry Hoban became the first British winner in 1966 after a 50 km solo ride to the finish, holding the chasing pack at one minute. Legendary cyclist Eddy Merckx won the race solo in 1971. Sprinter Erik Zabel held the record for most victories in the race with three (1999, 2002 and 2005) until Alexander Kristoff in 2018 added a fourth victory to his 2014, 2016 and 2017 wins, and therefore becoming sole record-holder. Seven further riders have won twice.

In 1995, Rund um den Henninger Turm was part of the UCI Road World Cup, cycling's season-long competition of the most important one-day races in the 1990s. The fixed date of the event however, every 1 May, was considered unfavourable as it was often midweek, and it was replaced with the newly created HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg as the German leg of the series.

In 2008, organiser Bernd Moos stated Henninger would withdraw its sponsorship of the race. Henninger discontinued its funding after 46 years because of economic conditions.[2] The event continued in 2009 as the Eschborn–Frankfurt City Loop, named after its city sponsors, Frankfurt and the neighboring town of Eschborn, which also became the start location of the race.[3][4] The iconic Henninger Tower was demolished in 2013.

The 2015 event was cancelled on the eve of the race due to a suspected terrorist plot;[5] the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2017, Eschborn–Frankfurt was included in the UCI World Tour, cycling's highest rated professional events, and organisation was taken on by ASO, which also organises cycling's flagships, the Tour de France and Paris–Roubaix.[6]

Route of the 2011 event. The race starts in Eschborn and finishes in Frankfurt's city centre, totaling around 220 km, mainly through the Taunus Hills.

Route

The race passes through the Taunus Hills west of Frankfurt, along a winding and hilly course with around 1500m (5,000 feet) of climbing. The climbs of the Feldberg, Ruppershain and Mammolshain are some of the regular features. The Mammolshain has a maximal gradient of 26% and is climbed twice in the race. The race ends with three laps of 4,5 km in the centre of Frankfurt, covering a total distance of around over 220 kilometres (140 mi).[7]

Until 2008 the start and finish of the race was on Hainer Weg and later Darmstädter Landstraße, in front of the Henninger Tower.

Since the event's restyling in 2009, the race starts in Eschborn, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) west of Frankfurt – the finish was at the housing development Riedberg. Since 2010, the finish is in front of the Alte Oper (Old Opera), Frankfurt's concert hall and former opera house in the city centre.

Race winners

Erik Zabel (pictured in 2005) has won the race three times (1999, 2002 and 2005).
Year Country Rider Team
1962  Belgium Armand Desmet Flandria–Faema–Clément
1963  Germany Hans Junkermann Wiel's-Groene Leeuw
1964  Belgium Clément Roman Flandria-Roméo
1965  France Jean Stablinski Ford France-Gitane
1966  Great Britain Barry Hoban Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1967  Belgium Daniel Van Rijckeghem Mann-Grundig
1968  Netherlands Eddy Beugels Mercier-BP-Hutchinson
1969  Belgium Georges Pintens Mann-Grundig
1970  Germany Rudi Altig G.B.C.-Zimba
1971  Belgium Eddy Merckx Molteni
1972  France Gilbert Bellone Rokado
1973  Belgium Georges Pintens Rokado-De Gribaldy
1974  Belgium Walter Godefroot Carpenter–Confortluxe–Flandria
1975  Netherlands Roy Schuiten TI–Raleigh
1976  Belgium Freddy Maertens Flandria-Velda
1977  Netherlands Gerrie Knetemann TI–Raleigh
1978  Germany Gregor Braun Peugeot-Esso-Michelin
1979  Belgium Daniel Willems Ijsboerke-Warncke Eis
1980  Italy Gianbattista Baronchelli Bianchi-Piaggio
1981  Belgium Jos Jacobs Capri Sonne
1982  Belgium Ludo Peeters TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1983  Belgium Ludo Peeters TI–Raleigh–Campagnolo
1984  Australia Phil Anderson Panasonic–Raleigh
1985  Australia Phil Anderson Panasonic–Raleigh
1986  Belgium Jean-Marie Wampers Hitachi-Splendor
1987  Norway Dag Otto Lauritzen 7 Eleven
1988  Belgium Michel Dernies Lotto-Eddy Merckx
1989  Belgium Jean-Marie Wampers Panasonic–Isostar–Colnago–Agu
1990   Switzerland Thomas Wegmüller Weinmann-SMM Uster
1991  Belgium Johan Bruyneel Lotto
1992  Belgium Frank Van Den Abeele Lotto–Mavic–MBK
1993  Denmark Rolf Sørensen Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1994  Germany Olaf Ludwig Team Telekom
1995  Italy Francesco Frattini Gewiss–Ballan
1996   Switzerland Beat Zberg Carrera Jeans–Tassoni
1997  Italy Michele Bartoli MG Maglificio–Technogym
1998  Italy Fabio Baldato Riso Scotti–MG Maglificio
1999  Germany Erik Zabel Team Telekom
2000  Germany Kai Hundertmarck Team Telekom
2001   Switzerland Markus Zberg Rabobank
2002  Germany Erik Zabel Team Telekom
2003  Italy Davide Rebellin Gerolsteiner
2004  Netherlands Karsten Kroon Rabobank
2005  Germany Erik Zabel T-Mobile Team
2006  Italy Stefano Garzelli Liquigas
2007  Germany Patrik Sinkewitz T-Mobile Team
2008  Netherlands Karsten Kroon Team CSC
2009  Germany Fabian Wegmann Team Milram
2010  Germany Fabian Wegmann Team Milram
2011  Germany John Degenkolb HTC–Highroad
2012  Italy Moreno Moser Liquigas–Cannondale
2013  Slovenia Simon Špilak Team Katusha
2014  Norway Alexander Kristoff Team Katusha
2015 No race due to suspected terrorist plot [5]
2016  Norway Alexander Kristoff Team Katusha
2017  Norway Alexander Kristoff Team Katusha–Alpecin
2018  Norway Alexander Kristoff UAE Team Emirates
2019  Germany Pascal Ackermann Bora–Hansgrohe

References

  1. ^ "The UCI reveals expanded UCI WorldTour calendar for 2017". uci.ch. UCI. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. ^ Official website. Announces withdrawal of Henninger Bräu AG as main sponsors.
  3. ^ (New) official website. Announces new name and main sponsors. (in German)
  4. ^ Cyclingnews report in English
  5. ^ a b "Rund um Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt cancelled after police thwart possible terrorist action". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  6. ^ "UCI expands WorldTour to 37 events". cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Strecke Elite". eschborn-frankfurt.de. Archived from the original on 8 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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